Apparel manufacturer Hanesbrands has revealed plans to double production at its Woolwine fabric plant in Virginia by adding new knitting machines.
Hanesbrands will invest $1.6 million in fabric manufacturing equipment to utilize production at the plant, which produces intimate apparel fabric. Equipment installation will start in December.
“By adding the new machines, we will create additional flexibility to make other kinds of fabric at the plant and make it more competitive. The new equipment will allow total production to double at the facility,” a spokesperson for the company told just-style.
The apparel group will employ 50 people to operate the machines while retaining 215 jobs. Hiring will be done through Virginia Employment Commission job fairs and will start in December and is expected to be completed by the end of February.
Governor McDonnell said: “Hanesbrands is an important employer in Patrick County and the Commonwealth, and this investment and upgrade will ensure the continued vitality of its textiles operation in Southern Virginia.”
The news comes after Hanesbrands saw its third-quarter profit rise last month on the back of increasing sales and improving margins.
Hanesbrands, which sells women’s and men’s underwear as well as casual wear and active wear, employs 53,300 staff.
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